Just what does the other side of the world think of EU politics? The Age says:
Outrageous political rorts, sexual scandals and general bad behaviour have become a European trend. It should be dubbed the Year of Men (and women) Behaving Badly. From politics to high finance, 2009 is likely to be remembered for the excesses of a few in the name of many. Indeed Britain, a nation traditionally circumspect about mixing politics and polite company, spent the last year of the noughties talking about little else. But not for the right reasons.
The fish, as this blog repeatedly harps on about, rots at the head. A corrupt leadership will always trickle down like cow dung but instead of fertilizing the ground below, it poisons it, as creosote does to grass. A corrupt political framework will encourage even the idealistic to corruption once they reach the Elysian Fields and everyone below becomes corrupt. Just ask Lindy England in the States.